Pahli Hill

Whereas so many restaurants in London seem to be honing in on cuisine from a particular region in a search for “authenticity”, Pahli Hill in Fitzrovia celebrates the best dishes from across the Indian sub-continent.  In doing so, the kitchen is true to the restaurant’s name.  Named after one of the oldest and most affluent … Continue reading Pahli Hill

Fatt Pundit

Securing a reservation at Fatt Pundit seems to be a close to impossible task.  The original Soho location of this Indo-Chinese restaurant has an almost cult-like following.  Serving a distinct cuisine that can only be found in a clutch of London restaurants, the restaurant champions “Indo-Chinese” cuisines that celebrate the melting pot of cultures within … Continue reading Fatt Pundit

Cinnamon Kitchen, Nine Elms

As a south Londoner, I welcome with enthusiasm news of my favourite restaurants opening south of the Thames. That was the case with Cinnamon Kitchen by Vivek Singh, which has now taken root in the (still very much) developing Nine Elms.  Although the site offers, in my opinion, a view of one of the best … Continue reading Cinnamon Kitchen, Nine Elms

Farzi Cafe

Farzi bills itself as a “modern Indian spice bistro”.  These buzzwords certainly conjure up the idea of an eatery which aims to juxtapose innovation and Indian cuisine.  Indeed, a wave of recent openings seek to do so: the kitchens at Jamavar, Jikoni, Bombay Bustle, Indian Accent and Kahani, to name just a few, all seem … Continue reading Farzi Cafe


I seem to be eating Indian food out a lot of late. Take Jikoni, for example, on which see my thoughts here. I’m not quite sure how this has happened. Perhaps my intrigue of novel takes on age-old recipes and dates (both of the tamarind chutney kind and the other kind – which is why … Continue reading Kricket


Blandford Street is ideally located: a stone’s throw away from chaotic Oxford Street and the Wigmore Hall, and more discrete than the adjacent Marylebone High Street, it offers relief for shoppers and concert-goers alike.  This relief comes in the form of both top notch bars (The Clarette is not one to miss, but more on … Continue reading Jikoni

Flavour Bastard

Don’t let the name of this place put you off.  Although something of an oxymoron – flavour should never be insulted – the food at Flavour Bastard is by no stretch of the imagination light on taste. Every single dish my companion and I enjoyed here – and there were a lot – was imaginative … Continue reading Flavour Bastard


My partner in crime when it comes to soft launches tracked down Lokhandwala’s opening.  This new Indian tapas restaurant in the heart of Fitzrovia has been set up by the same guys behind the food festival The Grub Fest. Although I’m usually reluctant to dine out Indian style – as I end up comparing my … Continue reading Lokhandwala

Chit Chaat Chai

South London, Indian street food, a Cambridge alumnae founder: all promising ingredients for a Friday night summery-(ish) family supper (sub)urban style. Chit Chaat Chai’s founders, Tani and Dhruv – who incidentally my sister knew at Cambridge – weren’t able to find good Bhel Poori. (Clearly they haven’t tried Mummy Shah’s creations which I ended up … Continue reading Chit Chaat Chai


Not one to miss out on a soft launch, I was thrilled to learn the Dishoom venture, tucked off King’s Cross’s stylish Granary Square, was staging such an opening, with 50% of both food AND drink! Dishoom is one of my favourite Indian restaurants, conjuring up all the exotic richness of Iranian-style Bombay cafes in … Continue reading Dishoom